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Funding Restored For LGBT Center's HIV and STD Testing Following Public Pressure

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center and LA County’s Department of Public Health reached a temporary agreement on Tuesday to restore funding for the center’s free STD and HIV testing program.

On Monday, the center announced that the county was going to cut funding that covers the laboratory fees to process the STD and HIV tests. As part of its public announcement, the LGBT Center encouraged community members to contact their local county supervisor and the DPH to urge them to restore funding.

By Tuesday morning, the LGBT Center announced that it had reached an agreement with the Department of Public Health to restore funding through March.

“With these parameters we can keep the funding going as needed to continue and give us some time to clear negotiations,” LGBT Center co-director Dr. Ward Carpenter said.

He said the center was first notified on Jan. 16 about the county’s budget cuts and had been trying to negotiate with the county up until now.
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In recent years, L.A. County has seen record high numbers for STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Data (California Department of Public Health)